Jesus shocks and amazes his audience once again when he proclaims: "Unless you become like a child, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God." He told the people another time, "Whoever welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me."
This is yet another extreme reversal statement in his culture. In Jesus' day, the culture wasn't centered on children. Value went to the elderly for their wisdom in life. Children were often considered just another pair of hands to work. The disciples tried to shew the children away who came to see Jesus, figuring that he had much more important work to do.
How do we value children?
Sometimes I look around and see that often parent's give children too much authority; when they are rather desperate for the adults in their lives to lead them. But, at the same time, I see children shuffled off to daycares, put in front of videos and ignored as stressed out parents try to "get their important work done."
How can children point us to God?
How do children help us to have simple faith?
What do you think that Jesus meant when he said that we need to become like children to enter the kingdom of God?
I would love for Missio Lux to value children so much that we listen intently for their voices. I would like to see children included in the gatherings and given value for their contribution. I believe that one of the strengths of the Missio Lux structure is to reunite families as they discover together how to spiritually form as people. As families worship together and serve together and develop friendships with other community members, there will be much more to talk about at dinner than the latest television program or the newest Ipod download.
As we form the foundation, let's wrestle with what it means to be the Family of God. Let's make room for children just as Jesus did.